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International Innovative Educator of the Year Award recognizes a successful collaboration at the highest level by an outside institute or organization with a university department or unit.

The 2019 Winner  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 

K-State and the Staley School of Leadership Studies have had the honor of hosting 100 of Africa's best and brightest young leaders over the course of four Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, known as YALI. YALI was created in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. K-State was a sub-grantee of IREX and implemented U.S.-based Leadership Institutes each summer from 2016-2019. 

"The OIP team felt strongly that the YALI program is a great demonstration of global collaborative partnerships at the highest level," said Grant Chapman, associate provost of the Office of International Programs. 

Past Winners:

 2018  Australian - American Fulbright Commission and the Oz to Oz Program

John Leslie University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Director of the Oz to Oz Program, worked tirelessly to initiate this creative and collaborative partnership resulting in K-State hosting the only US Distinguished Fulbright Chair in the United States.
The Australian Fulbright Commission and the Oz to Oz program started in 2012 and this year was just extended for an additional five-year partnership. All of the senior level Australian recipients of a Fulbright scholarship visit our university to K-State to present seminars and meet meetings with K-State faculty and staff during their term as Fulbrighters in the U.S.The Australian Fulbright scholars on campus will accept the award on behalf of the Commission.

 2017 The City of Manhattan Kansas under the leadership of Usha Reddi

Kansas State is consistently ranked at the top in Princeton Review of U. S. university rankings as having top "Town-Gown" relationships. The OIP recognizes that this is due to the enthusiastic engagement efforts by the City of Manhattan and Usha Reddi. Her constant presence at so many OIP programming initiatives and activities, whether an International Coffee Hour, an International Alumni event, a lecture, a reception honoring an international delegation or visitor, it is a priority for her to make an appearance or stay for the entire event. Usha has done so much to elevate the level of international awareness in our community.

The 2016 The Confucius Institute Headquarters

The 2016 Innovative Educator Program of the Year is awarded to The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) for its dedication in promoting Chinese language and culture in the United States and abroad with the worldwide establishment of Confucius Institutes. In 2012, Office of International Programs determined there were significant outside institutes/organizations that were adding value to efforts to globalize the K-State student body. This award was created then.

K-State launched its Confucius Institute in April 2015 in partnership with China's Jilin University, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary. Max Lu, director of the KSU Confucius Institute and professor of geography, and Shijun Yan, associate director of Confucius Institute, accepted the award on behalf of the Hanban. They will present it to Hanban executives at the December Confucius Institute Conference.